In this post, all about the magical properties of kief.

There’s magic in those crystals!

If you’ve ever held a truly “dank” nugget of cannabis, you’ve probably noticed the small, sticky, crystals covering the bud. These tiny, hairlike resin glands are called trichomes, and they are where the cannabis plant produces most of its THC. Potent and rich in terpenes and cannabinoids, these little resin glands are where the psychoactive magic happens.

In nature, trichomes are used as part of the cannabis plant’s immune system. Their odors and psychoactive properties repel and disorient potential threats. Fortunately for us, THC is much more enjoyable to humans then it is to insects, and kief is where you’ll find large quantities of it in its purest form.

Gelato cannabis bud
This beautiful nugget of Gelato is covered in trichomes which get knocked off and become kief.

What is Kief?

Kief (sometimes called dry sift or pollen) is the powdery pollen that forms from dried trichomes. As cannabis buds are dried and handled, those sticky trichomes dry up and get knocked off, forming a powder that can be collected and consumed.

Look closely at your grinder and you’ll see tiny powdery crystals on almost every surface of it. This is kief, and it has a large concentration of THC and terpenes.

How to Use Kief

Kief is incredibly versatile and can be used in many different ways. The simplest way to consume it is to add it to your regular cannabis mix. This helps conserve your flower supply because it takes less cannabis to reach the desired effect when you add potent kief. And, not only will all those added terpenes and cannabinoids make your bowl more potent, but it will also taste better. I love adding a thick layer of kief to the top of my bowls. Here are some other uses for kief:

  • Stretch your cannabis supply by adding kief to joints and bowls
  • Vape in a dry herb vaporizer
  • Make moonrocks
  • Infuse butter or oil for making homemade edibles
  • Try Kief Cookies
  • Make hash by pressing large amounts of kief with a kief press

How to Collect Kief

The easiest way to collect kief is to use a grinder. Most quality grinders have an integrated compartment specifically for collecting kief, but even the most basic of grinders can be harvested for those potent crystals.

In a standard three-chambered herb grinder, cannabis is ground and collected in one compartment, while the smaller kief crystals fall into a separate compartment. This means every time you grind cannabis you’ll be adding to your kief supply without having to do any extra work.

No matter how simple or sophisticated your grinder is, kief gets stuck to the teeth and inside of the grinder and can be scraped off and collected.  An industrious stoner can use any sort of scraping tool to collect this pollen. Grinders often come with a small plastic scraper tool in the kief compartment. Sometimes it looks like a tiny shovel, sometimes it’s a guitar pick. While these help get the job done, a metal tool is better for harvesting 100% of the kief hidden in your grinder.

Using a Keefer Scraper

I use a Keefer Scraper for handling the kief I collect in my many grinders. It’s a stainless steel pollen scraper and scoop, specifically designed for sweeping and collecting kief quickly and efficiently. The pollen doesn’t stick to its smooth metal surface, and it has a great design for a variety of stoner-related jobs. Not only do I use the Keefer Scraper for handling kief, but it’s also the perfect tool for packing bowls and loading prerolls. The Keefer Scraper is an essential stoner tool with a variety of uses for the cannabis lover.

With its high concentration of terpenes, THC, and other cannabinoids, kief is truly the essence of the cannabis plant. Make the most out of your flower by harvesting your kief and reincorporating it back into your cannabis practice for an extra stoney sesh.

Hope this was helpful! Drop any questions you have in the comments below, and let me know if you use kief. Thanks for reading, and as always, I’m wishing you the best of luck on your cannabis journey!


The Stoner Mom is a pulled-together, WAHM, SAHM, boo-boo kissing supermom. Most would assume she is not stoned. Most would be quite wrong.